In 265 Point, I share my food philosopy. Instead of making certain foods completely off limits, I break foods into three categories:
1. Everyday foods
2. Sometimes foods
3. Occasional foods
As I think back, I realize I could stand to eat less meat and dairy/cheese (hard on the digestive system) and I could afford to cut back on salt and my gluten intake too (causes inflammation of the stomach). I've also said "yes" when I should have said "no thank you" to the snack cart at work and eaten out more than ususal. The bottom line is: I need to be more diligent if I want to meet my goals. Sometimes it's the little things that add up and bite you in the butt! Contrary to what you might have heard, flat abs are not built in the gym. Oh yeah and you can't spot reduce. Whoever says you can is lying to you.
While you can target where you build muscle, you can't control where the fat comes off -- your body's fat burning process is largely influenced by genetics, gender and age (click here for an article on this) --but if your are consistent with the fundamentals, that stomach will flatten!
Your best bet is to: 1) clean up your diet -- that's 70% of the equation, 2) get in 30 minutes of cardio 5 days/week, 3) strength train your upper and lower body twice a week. These things promote FAT LOSS and that is the secret to flat abs.
This is my plan for the summer and I'm sticking to it! Will you join me?
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